Catch Me a Planet
"Catch Me a Planet," a combination of softground etching and aquatint, is by American artist Sue Fuller (1914-2006). The plate was created in 1952 but not editioned until 1985. This intaglio is pencil signed, titled, editioned 6/50, and dated 52/85. It was printed by the artist on a heavy wove paper measuring 22-1/8 x 26-5/8 inches. "Catch Me a Planet" exemplifies the possibilities of the softground technique, with its central, textural component being pulled into a cylindrical form.
Sue Fuller, painter, printmaker, sculptor and teacher, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1914. Her formal training began at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, where she studied under Joe Johns. During the summer of 1934 she enrolled in a summer course with Hans Hoffman. She graduated from Carnegie with her BA in 1936, and then received her MA in 1939 from Columbia University Teachers College.
Fuller first worked at Stanley William Hayter's Atelier 17 in 1943 after having already established a career as a printmaker and three-dimensional artist. She excelled in new approaches to the plate, finding inspiration in the ability to manipulate the surface of something that appears otherwise immovable. Fuller continued to experiment with a variety of mediums, including glassmaking and calligraphy.
Fuller received a Tiffany Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Institute of Arts and Letters Grant, and the Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Award of Merit. She was a member of the Society of American Etchers, the Society of American Graphic Artists, and the Artists Equity Association. Her work is in the collections of the New York Public Library; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Tate Gallery, London; the Library of Congress; the Fogg Museum of Harvard University; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Carnegie Institute; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the National Academy of Design; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.